Using Atom 1.15.0 on iMac 27" running macOS Sierra 10.12.3.
I’ve finally gotten frustrated enough by this behavior to dedicate some time to trying to report it.
I know this topic is similar to at least 4 other topics, but it seems this is a long-festering problem which the development team is either not interested in fixing, or doesn’t realize this remains broken.
90% (not 100% - wtf?) of the time, when I close and re-open Atom, it doesn’t remember my last project. In addition, the list under File > Reopen Project is empty, and using File > Reopen last item doesn’t work either. I can find no rhyme or reason as to why this rarely works, but mostly doesn’t.
I have read through and followed the advice on all of the similar topics to no avail (i.e. Open Empty Editor on Start unchecked, permissions on ~/.atom/storage/application.json correct, I’ve tried deleting that file - it’s always empty) - Atom just constantly doesn’t save my project history, and nearly every time I open it, I have to perform: File > Add Project Folder… and re-add my project before I start working.
I have placed the Atom icon in my MaxOS Dock, and usually double-click it to open. With every other application I normally use on a Mac (or Windows) - for years now - using this method works the way I expect: either the tabs open when I closed the program are restored, or - at a minimum - I have a list of prior documents or folders, which I can use with File > Open Recent Document.
None of these common methods work with Atom. I LOVE Atom! This is an amazing product! So it drives me crazy that this common, standard behavior doesn’t work. This has obviously been an issue for many people, so I don’t understand how this issue remains unfixed despite being reported by many over the years.
I’m a long-term DevOps and AWS architect. I know how to use software tools. If someone comes back and tells me I’m not closing or using Atom right, my response is that this isn’t rocket science. I should be able to close the tool with command-Q, and when I reopen it, have my last project shown, see my last project in the list which - seriously - is named “Reopen Project” - REGARDLESS of how I do this. It’s basic functionality. Why this doesn’t work, and hasn’t been fixed after so many people are having a problem with is, is astonishing!
Please fix this so it works.